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will be sworn in. the newly confirmed secretary of defense chuck hagel was sworn into office earlier today. winning confirmation yesterday after losing the senate vote two weeks ago and undergoing days upon days of harsh criticism and questions from within his own party. our first guest tonight says president obama and senate democrats seem to follow and not misinterpreted the law of what sequestration is. to cut spending, not to raise taxes. joining us now, republican policy committee chairman, member of the senate foreign relations committee. good to have you with us. sequestration, we have a new deadline, whenever the president signs the order putting it into effect. your thoughts. >> i see at the same way you do, the president seems to be running a campaign of fear. the purpose is to try to scare congress and the american people into raising taxes. i am just not eyeing it. we have to cut wasteful washington spending. people believe at least $0.50 of every dollar they spend to washington is wasted, poorly used, people don't feel they are getting value for their money and now you see wha
hagel had a minute to savor the job before facing the big challenge. >> budget, sequestration i don't need to dwell on the good news there. that's a reality. we need to figure this out. >> let's hope the president doesn't order cuts in the canneries make budget. maybe chuck hagel will get help before the weekend. a drum roll for press secretary jay carney. >> the president did invite four leaders to the white house for friday where he hopes that they will have a constructed discussion. >> john: with michigan mcconnell, harry reid, join boehner and nancy pelosi. according to the gallup pole the president goes in better shape than his friends in the g.o.p. 45% say barack obama is doing a better job of handling the sequester than congressional democrats at 37% or the mcconnell and boehner crews with just 25% but that's just a poll. does that mean that the voters support the president's call for closing tax loopholes for the wealthy? according to a wall street journal poll over 20% of the adults think it's a good idea. 52% say it's not a good idea. when asked if they favor the cuts to f
facility, a step the united states called provocative. >> sreenivasan: chuck hagel was sworn in today as the new secretary of defense, with federal budget cuts topping his agenda. the former republican senator from nebraska addressed pentagon employees who will have to manage some $46 billion in reductions starting friday. >> we need to figure this out. you are doing that. you have been doing that. we need to deal with this reality. we've got ahead of us a lot of challenges. they are going to define much of who we are, not this institution only but our country. >> sreenivasan: hagel won senate confirmation yesterday, despite the opposition of most of his fellow republicans. he succeeds leon panetta, who had served in the top pentagon job since july of 2011. white house officials conceded today it's unlikely the government will avoid those looming, automatic budget cuts. a spokesman said president obama will meet friday with congressional leaders, but there was no indication that any deal is in the works. tomorrow, senate democrats will try to bring up a stop-gap bill to delay the cuts
of requirements. if we change that, make a choice about what we are not going to do. host: chuck hagel -- what is your opinion? guest: i think he is clearly qualified. he has the background in defense. i would be foolish to say his confirmation process went well. he will have to do better than that in terms of building the relationships necessary in the house and the senate because credibility manages -- matters an enormous amount. he will be very dependent on the staff at the pentagon to implement whatever policy he wants. he will need their faith and confidence. he will have to work to earn that in the same thing in the house and the senate. secretary leon panetta and secretary robert gates, they had an enormous amount of credibility in the pentagon and in the congress. in tough times and tough decisions, that enabled them to be very effective. secretary chuck hagel will have to work at that hard it does not come automatically. host: what is your relationship with the chair of the armed services committee, buck mckeon? guest: it is outstanding. we have a long tradition of the chair and the r
secretary of defense. you served with chuck hagel. how do you think he will do? >> i think he will do well. chuck is a friend. he was a republican. i was a democrat. he served for 12 years of the 18 years i served in the senate. i think he's smart. he's capable. he knows defense and foreign policy issues. you know, here is a guy that fought on the battlefield, earned two purple hearts and was hectored during his nomination. you know, i thought what happened to him was pretty thoughtless in this process. >> bill: he was badly treated by his fellow republicans. unfairly, i believe. >> these are people who worked with him 12 years. he would go to their caucus once a week. presumably, all friend and acquaintances and i think for political reasons, he took it on the chin during that process. but he's now there and he's going to be a good secretary of defense in my judgment. >> bill: do you think he can repair -- mend his fences? >> i do. chuck is smart and capable and i think he will do well. >> bill: if he were in the senate today, how would you vote on the sequester? what do you think the sen
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